Family Pigeons, Doves (Columbidae)

Least Concern

Pink-headed Fruit-dove (Ptilinopus porphyreus)


French: Ptilope porphyre German: Rothals-Fruchttaube Spanish: Tilopo cuellirrosa
Other common names: Pink-necked Fruit-dove

Columba porphyrea


, 1822,



Formerly placed in genus Leucotreron; appears to be closely related to P. cinctus (which see), P. alligator and P. dohertyi. Monotypic.


SW Sumatra (Mt Kerinci and Mt Dempu, in Barisan Range), Java (mountains from Mt Karang, in W, to Mt Ijen, in extreme E) and Bali.

Descriptive notes

29 cm. Male has entire head, neck and throat purplish pink, deepening to red on middle of breast, bordered by white band underlined by greenish black; upperparts green tinged... read more


Advertising call is a short single hoot given at intervals of c. 3·5–5·5 seconds. This hoot is flat... read more


Forested areas in mountains, at altitudes of 1400–2200 m. Prefers oak-laurel and montane... read more

Food and feeding

No information available.


Recorded Oct–Nov. Nest is an untidy structure of twigs 5–6 m above ground. Clutch of 3 eggs recorded, but this is probably... read more


No information available.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Very little known; species tends to be rather shy and inconspicuous. Extensive destruction of forests throughout species' range suggests local... read more

Recommended citation

Baptista, L.F., Trail, P.W., Horblit, H.M. & Boesman, P. (2018). Pink-headed Fruit-dove (Ptilinopus porphyreus). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from on 23 October 2018).